Best Smart Locks in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update January 4, 2019
The number of smart devices around us is growing from year to year. Your smartphone might become a new key to your house. Make the first step and buy a smart lock. You will forget about keys and feel much safer and protected! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Access methods
Extras
Type / Installation
Power source
Warranty
 
PROS
You can open this smart lock via Bluetooth and even send mobile keys to your family and friends with the help of your smartphone. The Twist & Go function will help you open the door by just twisting your phone 90°.
CONS
This device is somewhat bulky.
OUR VERDICT
Yale Conexis L1 is among the most popular smart locks on the market as it has a classic design and incredible functionality. You will always be in control of your house!
detailed parameters
Access methods
Smartphone, Key card, Key tag, Phone tag
Extras
Twist & Go feature, Yale Smart Alarm connectivity, CCTV range and other Smart Home systems, Reversible handle
Type / Installation
Deadbolt lock
Power source
4 x AA batteries
Warranty
2 years
PROS

Using Ultraloq app, you will be able to view users. You'll get logs of who's entered the house and you'll even be able to clone users if you ever install one more Ultraloq. The lock itself uses Bluetooth Low Energy, meaning that it will keep on working even in the event of power or internet outages.

CONS

It might take some time to set the whole thing up. 

OUR VERDICT

Ultraloq UL3 represents the best parts of the whole smart door lock concept. It is more secure than the ordinary lock. It is a lot more convenient. It offers far more options. And it doesn't fall victim to any potential shortcomings of the Smart systems.

detailed parameters
Access methods

Fingerprint, Code, Smartphone

Extras

Anti-peep touch keypad technology, Hidden backup key, IP65 weatherproof, Intuitive OLED display, Low battery indicator, Reversible handle

Type / Installation

Deadbolt lock

Power source

3 x AA batteries

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The built-in tamper alarm blasts an 80 dB internal alarm the moment someone starts to tamper with the lock. The bank-level encryption will be able to prevent any unauthorized access. The lock lets you create a temporary 24-hour PIN code for your guests. The model is suitable for wooden doors and can fit onto an existing night latch.

CONS

The supplied batteries don't last very long. 

OUR VERDICT

This smart door lock from Yale is one of the most visually appealing and cleverly designed options on this particular market right now. Aside from its functionality and security, the model will not inconvenience you or your guests but it won't compromise on the said security either. 

detailed parameters
Access methods

Smartphone, PIN codes, Key card, Key tag, Phone tag

Extras

Built-in tamper alarm, Bank-level encryption, Incorrect pin code features, Connects to the Yale Smart Home Alarm and CCTV systems, Control via app, 24-hour PIN code for visitors

Type / Installation

Rim lock

Power source

4 x AA batteries

Warranty

2 years

PROS

The smart lock supports up to 500 fingerprints. It lets you track up to 30,000 of the latest unlocking records. You can use a USB flash drive and the USB port that the lock comes equipped with to upload or download user information. The 1.5-inch OLED display is bright and clear enough, so you'll easily be able to make sense of the readouts.

CONS

The lock isn't weatherproof, so you may encounter some issues under difficult weather conditions. 

OUR VERDICT

ZKTeco L7000U is definitely the best smart door lock for commercial use in our review and a decent choice for residential purposes. The unit is easy to program and just as easy to use. It will definitely keep everything behind the door safe and protected, despite the model's flaw or two.

detailed parameters
Access methods

Fingerprint, Password, Mechanical key

Extras

Smart alarm for low battery and illegal operation, Mechanical key, 9V battery backup unlock, Upload/download data via USB port, OLED display, Hidden backup key, Reversible handle

Type / Installation

Deadbolt lock

Power source

4 x AA batteries

Warranty

1 year limited 

PROS

When the double user function is activated, the lock requires you to input two open lock ways to open the door. It can be 2 out of the 100 passcodes that you've programmed, a code and a card, two cards, etc. Made of SUS 304 stainless steel, the core of the unit is strong and durable.

CONS

Doesn't include a manual with installation instructions. 

OUR VERDICT

HAIFUAN HFA5300-45 is arguably the most versatile smart door lock on our list. You can put it at home. You can install it in an office. It looks pretty good and it is just as reliable and secure from the technological standpoint as it is from the mechanical one.

detailed parameters
Access methods

M1 card, Passcode, Mechanical key

Extras

Keypad illumination, Password protect function, Double user function, Voice navigation while operating, Passage mode available, Reversible handle 

Type / Installation

Deadbolt lock

Power source

4 x AAA batteries 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Yale Conexis L1

Unpretentious Design, Total Safety

With the first lock having been presented over than 50 years ago, Yale company has made a huge progress and now produces a whole range of safe and smart innovative solutions. For this review, we've selected its Conexis L1 smart lock that's gained trust and become popular with consumers all over the world. The lock looks pretty much simple, if not unpretentious, being fitted with neither LCD screen nor buttons, so you're likely to take it for a conventional deadbolt lock, casting a quick look at it. Yet, it's not as simple as it looks and can provide you with some really high tech functions and top-notch protection level. What sets the Conexis L1 smart lock apart is that it doesn't have any keyhole and it only requires electronic control. This way, if a burglar decided to break into your place, he wouldn't be able to do so, even with a picklock in hand. The Yale smart lock is suitable for the majority of uPVC and composite doors, whereas the installation is effortless and requires nothing at all but a screwdriver.

Review of Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock

Multiple Ways to Unblock the Yale Smart Lock

As we have just mentioned, this Yale smart lock can be opened with the help of electronics only. The unit is powered by 4 AA batteries; a special indicator will tell you when their replacement is required. Moreover, if the batteries run out of charge, there is still an emergency power source, a 9B battery. The first and the most convenient key to your door (equipped with the Yale smart lock) is your smartphone. Download the branded Bluetooth app (available for Android and iOS) and you will be able to configure the settings, lock and unlock your doors in a remote manner. Moreover, the Yale smart lock supports the unique Twist & Go function; launch the app to activate Bluetooth, then twist your smartphone 90° to unlock the door. For even higher security level, you can generate special mobile keys that will be valid for a pre-configured period of time; you can share those keys with your family and friends in the app too.

Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock in the use

Connectible Models

The functionality of Yale smart locks can be enhanced by using additional modules. For this specific deadbolt lock, you can get a module that will connect it to other smart systems in your house. For example, you can connect it to your video surveillance system and see what's happening inside and outside your house via the Yale app. Stay in control of who enters and leaves your house (or office), create keys and share them with your family and friends, and enjoy the top-grade and cutting-edge home security system. Technology stands guard over your property and safety!

Detailed review of Yale Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock

Additional Info

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Ultraloq UL3 BT

Knock-Knock, Who's There?

Smart locks are inherently highly functional and, more often than not, pretty impressive from the technological standpoint. But they aren't created equal. With that in mind, let's talk about Ultraloq UL3 BT, one of the most impressive options on the smart lock market. Though fairly close, the model isn't the most feature-rich lock out there and not even the most feature-rich lock in our review.

Of course, we aren't saying that the opposite is the case. It is definitely up there. The lock includes 5 access methods. You'll be able to open it with your smartphone (through the Ultraloq app), a code, key, fingerprint, or by knocking or shaking your phone 4 times.

Now, as for the aforementioned app, it doesn't really bring anything new to the table and we don't have an issue with that. Ultraloq application is simple and straightforward but it isn't devoid of a few good features.

Using the app, you will be able to view users. You'll get logs of who's walked through the front door and you'll even be able to clone users if you ever install one more Ultraloq. The lock itself uses Bluetooth Low Energy, meaning that it will keep on working even in the event of power or internet outages.

Review of Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Door Lock

A Better Way

Every individual's fingerprint is unique (well, for the most part). Luckily enough, no one can steal your fingerprints from you (not in a practical way anyway). Of course, you can't really impress anyone with a fingerprint scanner these days. But the scanner here is a bit better than most of its counterparts. The company's very own technology relies on a waterproof, scratchproof, and dustproof sensor, making unlocking your door about as easy and secure as it can be. You can add up to 95 fingerprints. The sensor doesn't take less than half a second to identify the print and it works just as well with kids and elderly.

But, all things considered, our favourite part of this locker system is probably the anti-peep password technology. This little function lets you input any number of random digits and the lock will still grant you access as long as you embed the right code somewhere within that set of random numbers. This way, you'll have a certain peace of mind knowing that some of the more morally bankrupt individuals won't be able to steal your password the usual way, by looking at worn-out keypad digits or observing you nearby as you enter the password yourself.

Other than that, the model includes sort of a hidden compartment for a backup key and will allow you to program a backup code as well. All in all, Ultraloq UL3 represents the best parts of the whole smart door lock concept. It is more secure than the ordinary lock. It is a lot more convenient. It offers far more options. And it doesn't fall victim to any potential shortcomings of the smart systems.

Ultraloq UL3 BT Smart Door Lock in the use

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Yale YD-01-CON-NOMOD-CH

A Sleek Entry Point

Though it definitely isn't the most impressive aspect of this model from Yale, we simply couldn't gloss over the lock's appearance. Its shiny silver housing looks particularly posh. The OLED display with a black background is nothing new, sure, but the blue characters add a sort of a high-tech touch that really brings it all together, making for a sleek and oddly charming device.

But, again, it really isn't about the looks with these things. Luckily enough, the internal parts of the lock are just as impressive as the external ones. First and foremost, a smart door lock has to be convenient and secure and the model in question is nothing if not reliable and practical.

With smart locks, it all starts with the access methods. Here, you get a choice of 5 different available methods. You can open the door via a phone tag. Alternatively, you can use the key tag (keycode) that comes with the lock. A key card that's also part of the package is just as good of an option. Of course, as it is always the case with smart locks, you can program a PIN code and enter the house using that code. Finally, a smartphone application is just as viable of an alternative, as long as it is connected to a compatible Smart home system.

By the way, speaking of PIN codes, you'll be able to make up and program up to 20 different PIN codes (between 4 and 10 digits). The key tag and the key card that come with the model also aren't the only copies that'll work with the lock as it is capable of recognising up to 20 different cards, key tags, and phone tags.

Review of Yale YD-01-CON-NOMOD-CH Keyless Connected Ready Smart Door Lock

No Access for the Wicked

Though multiple access methods is definitely an advantage of this model, we can't say that it is the advantage. No, as far as we're concerned, that title is shared between the multitude of safety and convenience features that the model comes equipped with. The first feature is the built-in tamper alarm that starts blasting an 80 dB internal alarm the moment someone starts to tamper with the lock. There's also the bank-level encryption that will be able to prevent any unauthorized access.

Doesn't really have much to do with safety but we really like the 24-hour PIN code for visitors feature. As you'd imagine, it lets you create a temporary PIN code for your guests, a nice little function that will make things easy and convenient both for you and your friends and relatives.

One thing that we couldn't overlook is what is referred to in the IT community as backwards compatibility. More specifically, we're talking about the fact that this model is suitable for wooden doors and can fit onto an existing night latch. As long as that night latch features the standard 60-mm backset, you should be able to make it work.

In short, this smart door lock from Yale is one of the most visually appealing and cleverly designed options on this particular market right now. Aside from its functionality and security, the model comes with a 9V battery. Just touch the battery onto the terminal at the bottom of the lock and you'll be able to provide it with a temporary power load in the event of flat batteries.

Yale YD-01-CON-NOMOD-CH Keyless Connected Ready Smart Door Lock in the use

Additional Info

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ZKTeco L7000U

More Commercial Than Residential

ZKTeco L7000U is a great model for commercial use and a pretty decent one for residential applications. For one, the model supports up to 500 fingerprints. As you'd imagine, that's pretty darn great for companies with hundreds of employees. But there isn't much that you'd be able to do with it at home. Of course, there's no downside to having the ability to add so many fingerprints, just that there isn't much of an upside to it either.

The same goes for the activity records. This smart door lock lets you keep track of who and when unlocks the door. Actually, it lets you track up to 30,000 of the latest unlocking records. Again, pretty darn useful for a plant, a large office, or anything in-between. But a bit of an overkill for residential use. That said, what we definitely like about it and what is less of a polarising function is the fact that you can browse these unlocking records straight on the device.

In fact, from this standpoint, there is a lot to like about this model. You can use a USB flash drive and the USB port that the lock comes equipped with to upload or download user information. Most of these smart door locks will only let you do that through the proprietary software or an app, so it is a nice little change of pace from the usual phone controlled deal.

The 1.5-inch OLED display that the model employs is bright and clear enough, so you'll easily be able to make sense of the readouts. You can program it to display the battery charge level, the aforementioned unlocking records, time, date, and a few other values.

Review of ZKTeco L7000U Fingerprint Biometric Smart Lock

Pass by Whenever You Want

As far as access methods go, the model offers 3 ways to unlock the door. Aside from the previously mentioned 500 fingerprints, you can input 100 passwords or use one of the two mechanical keys that come with the lock. We would recommend having one of those keys with you in case of emergencies and hiding the other one inside the hidden mechanical keyhole.

Not unlike most of the model's competition, ZKTeco L7000U includes a smart alarm system that you can program to react to illegal operations and low battery. The so-called Passage mode can be used to make the unit stay in the unlocking state. When it's on, you'll be able to open the door just by pressing the handle.

There isn't a whole lot to complain about here. But if there's one flaw that we couldn't overlook, it would have to be the fact that the lock isn't weatherproof. In a humid environment or under cold weather conditions, there's a real chance of failure, so you probably wouldn't want to put it outdoors.

To rephrase our earlier point, ZKTeco L7000U is one of the best locks for commercial use and a decent choice for residential purposes. The unit is easy to program and just as easy to use. It will definitely keep everything behind the door safe and protected, despite the model's flaw or two.

ZKTeco L7000U Fingerprint Biometric Smart Lock in the use

Additional Info

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HAIFUAN HFA5300-45

A Sturdy Guardian

For the most part, HAIFUAN HFA5300-45 (really rolls off the tongue, doesn't it?) is everything a smart lock is supposed to be. As far as we can tell, every function and feature here has every business being here. And though there are plenty of those present in the model, it doesn't include any unnecessary options.

But, before getting to the functions, the model is sleek, sturdy, and reliable. Made of SUS 304 stainless steel, the core of the unit is strong and particularly durable. Plus, it looks pretty good too, with a grey, almost silver finish, and a nice touch panel. By the way, the said panel incorporates keypad illumination, so you'll easily be able to enter the passcode at night without using your smartphone or a flashlight.

When it comes to the access methods, the model presents you with 3 different options. You can use an M1 card, a passcode, or a mechanical key. You can input up to 100 passcodes and more than 800 cards, making this smart door lock an equally suitable option for residential and commercial use.

As it is often the case with these locks, the model incorporates an alarm system that will notify you when the battery voltage drops below 4.8V. Of course, in case of a dead battery, you'll be able to open the door with a mechanical key. But, for obvious security purposes, the lock incorporates a keyhole cover, so you will have to move it away first.

The package includes a plastic sucking disk that you can use to do that. Alternatively, you can use a magnet to move that cover away. And, again, just like the majority of similar products, the unit features a hidden power terminal, so a spare 9V battery to provide the lock with temporary power is also a viable option.

Review of HAIFUAN HFA5300-45 Smart Digital Door Lock

Double User Security

Functionality-wise, there are a few things worth mentioning here. First, the model comes equipped with the so-called password protect function, a function that was realised in the Ultraloq UL3 lock as the anti-peep technology. Simply put, it allows you to input many different digits before and after the actual number. If your passcode is 55555, you can enter 444 55555 4444 3333 (without spaces, naturally) and the lock will open the door since the right combination was there. As long as the total number of digits is less than 20, you can use this method to trick the peepers.

Aside from that, we would like to bring up the double user function. When the function in question is activated, the lock requires you to input two open lock ways to open the door. It can be 2 out of the 100 passcodes that you've programmed, a code and a card, two cards, etc.

To sum it all up, HAIFUAN HFA5300-45 is arguably the most versatile smart door lock on our list. You can put it at home. You can install it in an office. It looks pretty good and it is just as reliable and secure from the technological standpoint as it is from the mechanical one.

HAIFUAN HFA5300-45 Smart Digital Door Lock in the use

 

What Is a Smart Lock?

All of us have got at least one key to carry around - either to the entrance door of the house or flat or to the garage or shed. That said, many people carry not one but four or even five keys to access different doors and places. Striving to make our lives a bit easier, manufactures have invented a smart solution that requires no keys at all, that is a smart lock. With a smart lock being used, you will only need to make sure you've downloaded a special app on your phone or tablet (whatever device you usually take with you) and then, using this app, access your living place (or any other place). Smart locks, in their vast majority, offer pretty much the same functionality as regular locks but, unlike the latter, offer a higher level of security. Many models of smart locks out there now have compatibility with Smart Home systems too, making them a stellar choice for people building smart homes. For this review, we've picked smart locks from various price range and hope you'll have no problems finding the most suitable one for your personal needs.

Another device we'd certainly recommend you to acquire, especially if you're building a smart home, is a thermostat that will help you reduce your electricity bills by controlling the ambient temperature near the desired point. Also, you can check out these garage door openers that will let you open and close your garage door without leaving your car.

What Features to Compare

Access Method

Your choice of a smart lock depends, first of all, on the access method. The lock should be easy-to-use. In general, you access the lock right from your smartphone which may even unlock the door automatically when you approach it. You need only to install an appropriate application on your phone. If you unlock your entrance door yourself, you will have to press the button in the app every time. In this case, you should deactivate the automatic unlocking option. Some digital door locks allow locking and unlocking with a regular key as well. The locks might have a digital keypad for the access code input. This feature will be useful if you do not have a smartphone.

Extra Functions & Conveniences

Digital door locks may additionally feature extra functions and conveniences, for example, the access control. The application in your smartphone can notify you if somebody has entered the house or left it, what was the time, and duration of the visit, etc. You will have a detailed log of all such events. If your lock is compatible with the Smart Home systems such as Nest or Apple HomeKit, you will be able to get the status reports or enjoy other convenient features. Waterproof locks can be installed in the entrance doors of any building. Other smart locks are intended for interior doors only. Some locks allow opening by keyfobs that are convenient for kids or other family members who do not use any modern gadgets.

Exterior & Installation

You should also pay attention to the installation procedure and the exterior of every digital door lock. As conventional locks, these smart devices may be padlocks or deadbolt locks. Deadbolt locks are installed instead of regular old locks. You can just replace the interior of the lock in your door. It can be done easily - just with the help of a screwdriver. If the dimensions of a lock are correct, the exterior of the old lock remains intact.

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